Fracking Makes Sand The New Hot Commodity: What You Need To Know

September 03, 2014



Sand and gravel producers in the U.S. are a mixture of both private and public companies. Among the largest are:


Company Ticker

Badger Mining Corporation

Privately owned

Fairmount Santrol (Fairmount Minerals)

Majority owned by American Securities Capital Partners

Hi-Crush Partners LP


Pattison Sand Co., LLC

Privately owned

Preferred Sands

Privately owned (recent major investment by KKR)

Premier Silica LLC

Privately owned

Proppant Specialists, LLC

Privately owned

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc


Unimin Corp

Privately owned by Sibelco Group, Belgium


If you're looking at a direct investment in frac sands, currently there are only a few public companies of any size: Hi-Crush Partners and U.S. Silica. Emerge Energy Services LP (EMES:US), owner of Superior Silica Sands, which, very successfully, went public on the NYSE last year, is both a fuel processing and distribution company and a silica sand producer. But there have been rumors that Fairmount may be looking at an IPO.

Large ceramic proppant producers include CARBO Ceramics Inc. (CRR:US) and Saint-Gobain (SGO:FP).

Smaller frac sand producers include:

Some other companies in the frac sand "space" that may be worth watching are:


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